Already riding momentum, the Kansas City defense figures cold weather is on their side

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 17:43:19-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Everyone concentrates on the offense in football. Same goes for when there is bad weather.

"Can the receivers catch the ball?"

"Will the quarterback be able to pass through the wind?"

"What about the turf for the running backs?"

But there is a whole other side of the football that figures to be at an advantage in bad weather.

"I think so," said Chiefs nose tackle Xavier Williams.

Yes, it's the defense, much of the time the beneficiary of a dropped pass or a fumbled ball.

"It's probably harder to throw the ball. Receivers don't want a 50 mile per hour ball coming in and jamming their fingers up so I think it helps us a lot," said Williams.

Sunday's projected temperatures are in the single digits at Arrowhead Stadium for the AFC Championship Game. And with a 5:40 p.m. kickoff, they'll likely only lower as the night goes on.

"I haven't played in this type of weather," said cornerback Kendall Fuller. "We're going to see. It's going to be fun."

And whether it helps or not, defensive end Chris Jones said the cold definitely won't zap his energy against the Patriots.

"Any time those lights are on, any time I'm on that field, it's always amped up. It can be -10 and we don't care. We come here to play," said Jones.